Prisoner of Azkaban chapters 9-12 discussion
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Some interesting stuff goes on in these four chapters -- I'll be interested to hear what everyone else has to say. Anyone is welcome to join our discussion, so newbies, feel free to chime in!
I love the Marauder's Map, but I always wondered how Fred & George could give it up. They still had 2 more years of school!
I love the scenes with Lupin teaching Harry. In the movie it's like he got it on his second try. I've always thought it strange that Harry was so much closer to Sirius, even though Lupin was more available and more supportive. And more responsible and a real grownup--never mind.
Sometimes old Jo is just too knowing about young people.
These chapters introduced a lot of cool people and stuff -- Cedric Diggory, as mentioned, and the Marauder's Map, and the Patronus, and the Fidelius Charm, which is significant throughout the series.
The Nimbus 2000 is replaced by the Firebolt -- does anyone else think that "Nimbus 2000" is a cooler name than "Firebolt"?
And did we ever get a satisfactory explanation for how Sirius got hold of the Firebolt -- him being a fugitive, and all?
I thought it was interesting that the boggart had the same effect on Harry that a real dementor would have -- fainting, hearing his parents, etc. Apparently the Dementor takes on more than just the physical semblance of the feared creature. When the class was having the boggart lesson with Lupin, wouldn't the boggart banshee have had an authentic effect as well? Maybe Seamus got rid of it before it could. Or maybe the dementor's effect on Harry is somehow more in Harry's head? Just trying to puzzle this out.
Ron is always cussing. (JKR never writes the words, of course, just Hermione reacting to them!)
Why did Sirius stick around long enough to get captured and sent to Azkaban? Couldn't he have gotten away?
Why doesn't Snape know about Pettigrew being a traitor? Or for that matter, Lucius Malfoy? They were highly placed Death Eaters....wouldn't they have seen Peter around?
I still think Dementors are the scariest things in the Potterverse. Just the idea of having your soul sucked out...yuck.
This is slightly off topic, but doesn't anyone think it's weird that in PoA the ability to produce a patronus is supposed to be a rare gift, and by OotP everyone is doing it?
Yes, Ron is always cussing -- in the later books JRK lets him cuss outright, rather than just showing Hermione's reaction. I caught a "damn" somewhere in these chapters, and was wondering if that's the first instance of mild swearing in the series.
Maybe Sirius thought he'd be able to explain what happened? From the description of it, it sounds like he was a little hysterical at the time, or something. I'm sure he felt guilty because he had "let" James make Pettigrew the Secret-Keeper.
If Pettigrew was only reporting to Voldy, the other DE's might not have seen him. Voldy was the secretive type, and wouldn't have wanted the DE's to have any more info than they actually needed. At least, that's how I explain it in my own head. I also don't think that Voldy truly and completely trusted anyone -- not Snape, not Lucius, not Bellatrix. He was supremely interested in his own wellbeing, and so assumed that everyone else was, as well.
Agreed about the Dementors. *shudder*
You do kind of get the feeling that Harry and the members of the DA were a bit more talented than the common run, don't you? But I think that MrsG has it basically right -- Harry was able to do the Patronus charm because Lupin was willing to give him a lot of private lesson time, and the members of the DA were able to do it because Harry was, in turn, spending a lot of time teaching them how. I'm wondering if the Patronus charm is not usually taught at school? Maybe it's something you learn in your on-the-job training, as needed (for example, when Aurors are trained, they would have to learn it).
I think the patronus charm is something you have to want to do and be confident in your ability to do it, same as the animagus charm, you had to really want to do it
16> Anyway about the dementors they are one of the most frightening things i have ever heard of, but what about inferi those have to be at least tied with dementors.
I think because they had so many other ways to get around, and they wanted to cheer up Harry. The map is a truely amazing item, Imagine being able to know where anyone in the castle was at any time. and don't forget that the map also gave hints on how to get into the witchs hump. i wonder what else it could do.
The Marauder's map is interesting because it is a bit of a frozen version of Harry's father and his friends- how odd would it be for most of us to have a bit of our parents at that age.
I think the reason this book is my favorite is that the real enemy is not Voldemort- It is fear and and living with the past. The struggle for Harry against the dementors is about overcoming great hurt and I think that is a more profound story than fighting the ultimate evil guy.
It may be because I just rewatched the movie recently I noticed how much Harry relies on his friends in the book. In the movie the scene are often alter to further isolate Harry and highlight his struggle. I also noticed line reassignments it was kind of interesting from a screenwriting/adaptation point of view as well.